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City Tram in BaselGetting around town in almost any Swiss city is as easy as walking a few blocks to the nearest tram or bus stop. Arrive at a train station and the local bus or tram network begins right in front. Only a very few cities in Switzerland have underground systems, with most public transport above ground. In forty-one municipalities across Switzerland a Swiss Pass offers free travel throughout the local city transportation system, on busses, subways and street trams. Just show your pass and get on. Also, 7 of Switzerland’s large cities offer discounts ranging from 20% up to 50% on city tours with a valid ticket from the Swiss national transportation system, a Family Card or other variety of Swiss national rail pass. The regional cities in Switzerland also offer their own versions of local transportation day passes and multi-travel passes or tickets for use on the local system, with the cost usually based on zones of distance. Some regions also offer special region wide passes, with a variety of special activity discounts and offers.

City Tours Bonus Offers with a Swiss Rail System Pass

Zurich
If one city in Switzerland has a cosmopolitan international feel, it’s Zurich, from the luxury shopping street of the Bahnhofstrasse to the lakeshore. Yet at the same time Zurich also presents the typical Swiss city charm with its historic center and views out into the green surrounding countryside. With a Swiss ticket take advantage of a 50 % discount on guided city walk tour. Zurich

Geneva
Geneva is sometimes called the world’s smallest metropolis,famed for its international organizations like the Red Cross and high tech CERN, its beautiful Old Town, and of course the Lake Geneva lakeside promenade and “Jet d’Eau” water spout against the backdrop of distant Mont Blanc, tucked into the southwest corner of the country surrounded on three sides by France. Get a 20 % discount on guided sight-seeing tour. Geneva

Bern
Bern, named for its bears, is the capital of Switzerland. Bounded by the river Aare which flows in a buttonhole shape around the Old Town with its shaded arcades and Gothic cathedral. Bern is one of the few metropolitan cities which holds UNESCO World Heritage status. Bern’s trams gained world notoriety as the inspiration for Albert Einstein’s theory of Relativity. Get a 20 % discount on AudioGuide (iPod) tours, a guided walk around the Old Town, which includes and a tour of the famous clock tower. Bern

Basel
The city on Switzerland’s western border is defined by the Rhine River and it flows on into France and Germany. Basel is a bustling metropolis of fascinating architecture and art, with tons of museums and picturesque Old Town. A Swiss System ticket holder gets a 50 % discount on city tours. Daily from May to October, except on Sundays and on Saturdays the rest of the year. And don’t forget all the free museums with a Swiss Pass or Museum Pass. Basel

Lucerne
Right on the waters which share its name, Lake Lucerne, this city has been an attraction to touring visitors from across the globe and across time. The first tourist attractions of the 19thth Century, the Glacier garden and Bourbaki Panorama surround the city’s icon stone lion. Encircled by hills and mountains, the lake connects the city with the historic birth place of Switzerland, the four cantons. From the Swiss Transport Museum to the KKL Culture and Congress Centre and nearby Mt Pilatus, Lucerne offers some of the most to do for tourist of an Swiss city. And get a 20 % discount on the guided city tour. Lucerne

Lausanne
Located in the heart of the Lake Geneva region, Lausanne is known as the headquarets of the Olympic movement, but the city stretches across five hills, one of which is crowned by the Gothic cathedral, the former bishop’s see and the romantic Old Town, the “Cité” On the lakeshore in Ouchy, the busy lakeside promenade is one of the highlights of the lake “Riviera” Enjoy a 20 % discount on the guided sight-seeing tour. Lausanne

St. Gallen
The town of St. Gallen is the economic and cultural heart of eastern Switzerland. A must see is the magnificent baroque abbey of St Gallen, with its treasure of the stunning Abbey Library. The entire abbey district with its carved wooden medieval Oriel windows has garnered a UNESCO World Heritage listing. St Gallen

Schaffhausen
The Munot medieval fortress standing guard over this beautiful town, is unmistakable. Discover the old craft guildhalls, 170 magnificent oriels, the Allerheiligen cloister complex. And, of course, if your’re going to Schaffhausen, you’ll visit the nearby Rhine Falls, a short city bus ride from the main train station. Get a 20 % discount on the guided tour of the Old Town, Tuesdays and Saturdays from mid April to mid October. Schaffhausen

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